COLLEGE WORKER VOTE: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
1) I voted – what happens next?
Unlike what happens in an election, there are a couple of steps that need to happen after the vote before the ballots can be counted. The Ontario Labour Relations Board, who supervised the vote, needs to check to make sure there are no duplicate ballots across the colleges, and that all of the voters who cast ballots are on the voters list. Unfortunately, the employer is dragging this process out with legal challenges to the certification process, and the votes cannot be counted until these challenges have been resolved. OPSEU will continue to fight to ensure that this process happens as quickly as possible.
2) When will the ballots be counted?
We will be meeting with the employer and the Labour Board in the weeks to come to work on resolving the issues described above. Once this process is complete, the ballot boxes should be opened and the votes counted. We don’t know how long the employers’ delays will take, but we will keep you informed as we know more.
3) How will we find out the results of the vote?
As soon as the ballots are counted, we will be in touch with workers to share the result.
4) What happened at the Judicial Review on December 9?
The Divisional Court dismissed the College Council’s application to void the results of the vote that took place last June and hold a new vote. The College Council wanted to set aside those ballots and hold a new vote. The Court disagreed.
Now it’s up to the Labour Board to address all pending legal issues, and decide when to open up the ballot boxes and count the votes.
5) Is it true students weren’t able to vote?
Despite what the employer is claiming, hundreds of students voted across the province. Some colleges had line-ups to vote. People waited as long as an hour and a half to cast their ballot.
The employer had tried to leave students who had worked earlier in the year off the list of voters. OPSEU ensured that students who worked at any point in the academic year were able to vote by adding their names to the voters’ list. We wanted all part-time workers to have the opportunity to vote.
6) I want my vote to count – what can I do to help?
Write to Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know that you want your vote counted. Ask her to tell the college presidents to stop delaying the count of the ballots.